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Shapeshifting in the Mayan Heartlands with Running Buffalo Journeys

by Irene Jaan on January 19, 2012

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We traveled as a family, as a tribe with Running Buffalo Journeys though the Mayan Heartland--Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico

Beloved,

Something has happened to me in the last few months.  I’ve flown galactic and I’ve trudged through the underworld.  I shapeshifted into a jaguar with an angel’s heart–an uncommon creature.  I interpret this metamorphosis as a marriage of heaven and earth deep inside my soul.

It was triggered by a not-so-ordinary journey.

I AM integrating!  And this is why I’ve been away awhile.  I’ve missed you and I’ve needed you.  But I’ve been too catatonic to reach out.

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I stumbled across this deceased hawk grasping a squirrel shortly after my journey. Hawks are the messengers of heaven, symbolic of angels. Squirrels are the short-legged creatures of the earth and trees. This gift is animal "medicine" symbolizing heaven and earth and validating my journey.

 Shapeshifted

–it was a delicious way of being during my recent journey to Central America.  There I roamed free without concerns about finances or family; I operated in an altered state of high play and deep ceremony with a supportive group of souls.

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And we definitely played!

It may have been a glimpse into the next dimension of our spiritual evolution–one of instant manifestation and perceived oneness, but still grounded through the eyes of a girl with a family to tend to back “home”.

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Embracing Milena, my longtime friend, on a Swinging Bridge in the Guatemalan Jungles

Regardless, this journey has left a grand imprint on every facet of my being, and I am not sure how to be this new creature in the context of my sweet nomadic little family…Every day is a deep breath of courage before the dive.

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Here we were filming a scene for the documentary

Writing you is a sign of a long awaited emergence.  I bring this expanded awareness into the new year–2012!

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The Mayan Heartland Trip with Running Buffalo Journeys:

I fell in love with a collective the way I fall in love with a man, or you.  See these people?  I love them.  I experienced the highest of highs on a journey through the Mayan Heartlands with Running Buffalo Journeys in October 2011.  I bonded with a tribe.  I soared free.  I indulged in uninterrupted heartspace.  I sat present with Now.

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I filmed.  I played.  I prayed.  For 18 days…

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Our route through Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico was in the shape of a heart, touching on various Mayan sacred sites.

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The first night the eight of us gathered in a crystal ceremony in Antigua, Guatemala.  Along the heart-shaped path, and as each was called, we tossed our crystals into different sacred bodies of water.  We created a crystalline heart grid forever holding space for our Love.

Holding Space…

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After the Journey

I crawled into my own inner cave conveniently located at my parent’s home.  I was there almost 2 months, cozy but idle!  Now in the mountains of New Mexico, I peek out feeling bright but a bit dazed.  It is no different than our arduous journey into the Crystal Cave in Belize for 10 hours! It is like waking up from a deep sleep and forgetting where you are.

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The Crystal Cave in Belize tour was one of the most exhilarating and physically challenging days of my entire life--10 hours of gestation inside Mother Earth to emerge transformed!

It is easy to remember when everyone around you is consciously holding space for greatness.  At home it is my job to hold that space for the next generation.  This particular journey is now my touchstone for guiding me to my more evolved self.  Through this reflection I am able to manifest positive change.

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Tikal in Guatemala

I would not have consciously chosen to spend this much time in either cave (real or metaphorical)…but for some reason I’ve been led deep within, and it’s taken me a bit of effort to climb out.

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It’s been almost three months and I am just emerging potent from this new breed of chrysalis that was woven by eight co-creators:  Aaron El Leon Boyd, Chad “Quetzalcoatl” Carson, Milena Worsham, Patty Yuniverse, J Quest Ionz Pullano, Erica Lee, Reyna Ambrose, and myself.

The Queens of the Mayan Heartlands:

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Me (Irene), Patty, Reyna, Milena, Erica: First Day in Guatemala, Mayan Heartlands Tour with Running Buffalo Journeys

The Kings of The Mayan Heartlands:

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Chad, J, and Aaron in Guatemala

Many thanks to these angels for their great influence on my life.  I love you forever!

This trip was documented through photos and video as a co-creative project.  Patty Yuniverse (from the viral Youtube video “Shit New Age Girls Say”) and J Quest Ionz Pullano work with Elevate Films and are working on the footage for a project called Sacred Geography.  They just put together this awesome trailer that features highlights from this very trip.

You can find Aaron Boyd and Chad Carson and Milena Worsham at Running Buffalo Journey’s Facebook Page or Website.  There will be more Mayan Heartland Journeys to come, including one in March 2012!  I support this project 100%.

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I’m glad to be writing and sharing again!  Right now we are camping in New Mexico and on our way to Sedona, AZ.  We will be making our way to the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Feb/March 2012 to continue our gig with Tartanic.  Blessings on your path.  Thanks for reading. Hugs!

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